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5/20/2010

Softwired for Sociability

Posted by Carren Jao Pineda |

A new video from Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) narrated by author Jeremy Rifkin shows what we've known all along. Humans are basically good people. They are "softwired not for aggression, self-interest and utilitarianism," but for "sociability, attachment, affection, companionship and that the first drive is the drive to actually belong."

This feel good message is backed up with some findings and telling physiological effects we can all relate to, making at all the more believable despite the daily headlines on immigration laws, wars and political violence.

From here, Rifkin takes the leap from mere one-on-one empathy to worldwide movement. "But if we have gone from empathy in blood ties, to empathy in religious associational ties, to empathy based on national identification, is it really a big stretch to imagine the new technologies allowing us to connect our empathy to the human race writ large in a single biosphere?"

Ah, hearing his words reaffirms my faith in humanity, even if it is not often proven. Though the video runs a bit long-winded, the animation and message is compelling. Watch-even for a few minutes. And leave satisfied once you get the message.

via GOOD

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